Blessed To Be A Blessing

When we don’t feel well it can be easy to think we don’t need to be a blessing to others–we are in survival mode! Fiona Burrows explains it is when we are weak God uses us most.

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing
. . . . and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2,3b)

Just lately I’ve been thinking about not only how much we are each blessed by God, but also about how we pass on that blessing to others.

Abram was given the above promise by God. We too are blessed and others are blessed through us.

Those times in our life when things aren’t going that well, when we might have received a bad diagnosis, or an added diagnosis; when we are coming to terms with the death of a loved on; when a treatment hasn’t had the results we’ve hoped for; when there is nothing else that can be done–are those times when we feel blessed?

While it may be hard to see what’s going on as a blessing, in the midst of that struggle–how we conduct ourselves in and through that experience, may be an inspiration, a challenge, or an encouragement to someone else.

We are blessed to be part of a family through Rest Ministries and as we come to know people we may never meet this side of eternity, we get to see some of the challenges that they face. Our writers who share in the devotionals and those who respond with comments to them, give us some insight into what is going on in their lives, or the lives of those they care about.

Friendships often develop from that and we learn how best to support one another. How these friends respond to those dark days–how God’s love and grace shines through them as they hold onto their faith and trust in our all knowing God–is such a blessing to me.

We are exhorted to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) and “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

How we do that–especially in the tough times–can be a blessing in someone else’s life.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that we are “blessed to be a blessing” in other’s lives. Help our behaviour to reflect our trust in You and point others towards You, that they may know the hope that sustains us. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.

Have you been blessed by seeing how someone responds to a challenge? Do you think about how you are seen as you face your own challenges and what others may learn from you? How can you be a blessing?

This is a song I think everyone with a chronic illness should hear! “You are Not Forgotten” by Israel Houghton. Wonderful lyrics. And know that when you reach out to someone else who is hurting, God will bless both of you through that interaction. This is my gift of a song to you today! -Lisa

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